WASHINGTON (May. 11)
The House Labor Committee today voted to hold open hearings on the proposed legislation creating a permanent Fair Employment Practice Committee to check racial bias in employment. No date for the hearings have seen set. A number of bills to this effect were introduced in January.
Headed by Sidney Hollander, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and welfare Funds, a delegation of representatives of more than a dozen national organizations met several days ago with Rep. Mary T. Norton, chairman of the House Labor Committee. Today Mr. Hollander issued a statement calling the committee’s decision to hold hearings “an encouraging step.”
“The need for such an agency on a permanent, statutory basis,” he said, “cannot be denied and we are confident that facts which can and will be brought out at the hearing will underscore this need and pave the way for passage of this vitally important legislation.”